Having a five-year-old at home is like having a mini tornado around! They are full of energy and curiosity and there is nothing that will quench that until they get older. As a parent, it is your responsibility to see that this energy is channelized in an effective and healthy manner. This is the right age to introduce them to places they have not been to before, as they are eager to soak up the experiences and learn from them.
With that in mind, here are a few places we recommend you take your five-year-old to:
- The Zoo: There is nothing more magical for a child than the zoo. They will be enthralled for hours and when you get them back home, they should be tired enough to just go to sleep…maybe. Going to the zoo is a day-long excursion if you wish to visit all the animal enclosures (and you definitely should). There are bound to be a lot of questions so have some ready answers. Remember, kids get cranky when they have to walk a lot, so take as many breaks as you need.
- Museums: Museums are a portal to the past as well as the future. They will be the best introduction your child has to history, art and science. As such, it should be a rite of passage for children. Museums will let you understand your child’s preferences and it can be a highly educational experience that your child will not soon forget. Don’t try and impose your own opinions on them though; let them make their own.
- Amusement Parks: Certainly a no-brainer when it comes to children, as an amusement park is just about as close to heaven as they can get! Be prepared to have a thoroughly exhausting, yet extremely invigorating day. Make sure your child follows all the rules and regulations of the park and stays within your line of sight, at all times! Again, there’s plenty of walking so take breaks.
- Game Arcades: If you want the thrill and amazement of an amusement park without the exhaustion, then a Game Arcade is the place for you. Children can get highly fixated at such places, so you must set boundaries like how much time and money they can spend, etc. It can be a visual delight for kids but try and restrict their activities to the play areas and less on the video games, if possible.
While the idea is to have fun, it’s also a parent’s responsibility to keep their kids safe. So, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your child’s health and safety as well:
- Use sunscreen when outdoors;
- Carry hand sanitizers and wet wipes to clean up,
- Make sure your kids stay hydrated throughout,
- Both should wear comfortable footwear,
- Have Band-Aids handy, and
- Most importantly, use Goodknight Fabric Roll-On to keep your children safe from disease-carrying mosquitoes. Just 4 dots of the Goodknight Fabric Roll-On applied to an article of clothing will deter even the hungriest of mosquitoes from biting your child.
Not only will your child have fun at these locales but they’re also going to be educated. And keep those latter tips in mind so that the trip can be fun and safe for them!